2019-08-06 13:54:50 #MEAAMedia #pressfreedom MediaRoom Submissions

The Australia’s Right to Know coalition of media organisations (of which MEAA is a member) submission to the Senate Legal & Constitutional Affairs Committee inquiry into the Criminal Code Amendment (Agricultural Protection) Bill 2019.

“The Bill introduces two new offences relating to the incitement of trespass or property offences on agricultural land – specifically where a person uses a carriage service to transmit, make available, publish or otherwise distribute material to incite another person to trespass or commit property offences on agricultural land. We note that this legislation seeks to penalise and imprison individuals even where a trespass has not occurred. It is extraordinary that an individual might face a criminal penalty, including imprisonment, where the farmer or primary production business has not in fact suffered any detriment.”